Catalyst

About Catalyst

Sundance Institute’s Catalyst program builds a culture of partnership between independent investors and filmmakers. Each year, we endeavor to unlock funding for ambitious new independent films and to grow the community of indie-film supporters.

Catalyst brings together both new and experienced film investors through highly curated film financing opportunities, custom programming, and access to the Sundance Institute community. We offer new investors a guided entry into film financing, and we present our entire cohort with exceptional projects, intimate discussions about various aspects of the film business, and personalized support in developing partnerships with filmmakers.

We train selected filmmakers to effectively present their films for independent financing, and we provide them with continued support throughout the lives of their projects. We also offer Catalyst artists guidance in building successful investor relationships, access to mentorship, and critical project, pitch, and budgetary feedback. Sundance Institute and Sundance Film Festival alumni are uniquely eligible for this opportunity, and applications are solicited by invitation.

Our year-round program includes strategy workshops, artist and industry talks, social events, bespoke film financing opportunities, and the signature Catalyst Forum, a multi-day retreat that features a curated slate of projects seeking funds. As a result of six years of Catalyst gatherings, over $30 million has been raised to support nearly 90 fiction and nonfiction works.

Catalyst Forum Project Criteria

Catalyst Forum (fall 2020) is an invitation-only opportunity for feature-length fiction and nonfiction film projects that meet the following criteria:


  • Projects must have at least one member of the above-the-line team who is a Sundance Institute alum (someone who has taken a project through a Sundance Institute lab, fund, or fellowship, or has played a previous film at the Sundance Film Festival).
  • We prefer projects that have at least one U.S.-based member of the above-the-line team, but we will also consider international applicants.
  • Projects must have a strong producer with at least one feature credit attached. A producer and the director from each project must present together at Catalyst Forum.
  • Project budgets must not exceed $3 million USD.
  • Projects must have a budget gap and be open to equity investments and/or granting contributions from multiple individual investors as part of their financing plan. Projects with partial financing in place are welcome and encouraged to apply.
  • Projects must have preliminary financing plans and be ready to actively engage with financiers. This includes having structures in place to accept funding by the time of the Catalyst Forum, such as a fiscal sponsor or LLC.
  • Projects can be in any phase of production, including development, packaging, pre-production, production, and post-production.
  • Fiction only: Projects must have a script in advanced development. Films that have tangible components in place, like a production start date or cast and crew attachments, tend to unlock more funding.
  • Nonfiction only: Projects must have sample footage to share.
  • Projects must feature compelling, original subject matter and a distinctive directorial vision.
  • Resubmissions are permitted if a major element has changed.

Filmmaker Deliverables

If selected, filmmakers will collaborate with the Catalyst team and expert advisors during the weeks leading up to Catalyst Forum in the following ways:


  • Further developing a viable financing plan to present to investors, and reviewing project budget.
  • Preparing and rehearsing a live project presentation led by the director and producer that includes the project’s story, footage or still images (if applicable), budget and financing overview, and distribution and outreach plan.
  • Creating a designed and printed project deck to circulate during meetings with investors.
  • Building a detailed communications plan to engage with interested and committed investors post-forum.

Applications & Timeline

Catalyst applications are solicited by invitation only. When applying, you will be asked to upload your script (for fiction projects) or supply footage (for nonfiction projects), key team bios, budget total, financing raised and sought, production timeline, and links to previous work, among other key materials.

  • March 2–June 12, 2020—Application period
  • Early August 2020—Projects selected
  • September or October 2020—Catalyst Forum

Past Catalyst Projects

Learn more about our slate of completed Catalyst films below.


  • Director: Cody Lucich
    Producers: Heather Rae, Gingger Shankar
    Premiere: 2018 Sundance Film Festival

    Standing Rock, 2016: the largest Native American occupation since Wounded Knee. Thousands of activists, environmentalists, and militarized police descend on the Dakota Access Pipeline in a standoff between oil corporations and a new generation of Native warriors. This chronicle captures the sweeping struggle, spirit, and havoc of a people’s uprising.

  • Director: Jacqueline Olive
    Producers: Jacqueline Olive, Jessica Devaney
    Premiere: 2019 Sundance Film Festival, U.S. Documentary Special Jury Award for Moral Urgency

    When 17-year-old Lennon Lacy is found hanging from a swing set in rural North Carolina in 2014, his mother’s search for justice and reconciliation begins, as the trauma of more than a century of lynching African Americans bleeds into the present.

  • Directors: Bonni Cohen, Jon Shenk
    Producers: Richard Berge, Bonni Cohen, Sara Dosa
    Premiere: 2016 Sundance Film Festival

    After two high-school girls in different towns are sexually assaulted by boys they consider friends, online bullying leads each girl to attempt suicide. Tragically, one dies. Assault in the social-media age is explored from the perspectives of the girls and boys involved, as well as their torn-apart communities.

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  • Directors: Keith Fulton, Lou Pepe
    Producers: Keith Fulton, Lou Pepe
    Premiere: 2016 Sundance Film Festival, Special Jury Award for Vérité Filmmaking

    At a remote Mojave Desert high school, extraordinary educators believe that empathy and life skills, more than academics, give at-risk students command of their own futures. This coming-of-age story watches education combat the crippling effects of poverty in the lives of these so-called “bad kids.”

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  • Director: Eliza Hittman
    Producers: Brad Becker-Parton, Andrew Goldman, Drew P. Houpt, Paul Mezey
    Premiere: 2017 Sundance Film Festival, U.S. Dramatic Directing Award

    An aimless teenager on the outer edges of Brooklyn struggles to escape his bleak home life and navigate questions of self-identity, as he balances his time between his delinquent friends, a potential new girlfriend, and older men he meets online.

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  • Director: Hannah Pearl Utt
    Producers: Mallory Schwartz, Josh Hetzler, James Brown
    Premiere: 2019 Sundance Film Festival

    A long-kept family secret thrusts codependent, thirtysomething sisters Rachel and Jackie Gurner into a literal soap opera. A journey that proves that you really can come of age, at any age.

  • Director: Stephanie Wang-Breal
    Producer: Carrie Weprin
    Premiere: 2018 Tribeca Film Festival

    Blowin’ Up looks at sex work, prostitution, and human trafficking through the lens of our nation’s first human-trafficking intervention court in Queens, New York.

  • Director: Annie Silverstein
    Producers: Bert Marcus, Heather Rae, Audrey Rosenberg, Monique Walton, Ryan Zacarias
    Premiere: 2019 Cannes Film Festival

    In a near-abandoned subdivision west of Houston, a wayward teen runs headlong into her equally willful and unforgiving neighbor, an aging bullfighter who’s seen his best days in the arena; it’s a collision that will change them both.

  • Director: Matthew Heineman
    Producers: Matthew Heineman, Tom Yellin
    Premiere: 2016 Sundance Film Festival, U.S. Documentary Directing and Cinematography Awards

    In this classic western set in the twenty-first century, vigilantes on both sides of the border fight the vicious Mexican drug cartels. With unprecedented access, this character-driven film provokes deep questions about lawlessness, the breakdown of order, and whether citizens should fight violence with violence.

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  • Director: Jeff Orlowski
    Producers: Jeff Orlowski, Larissa Rhodes
    Premiere: 2017 Sundance Film Festival, U.S. Documentary Audience Award

    Coral reefs around the world are vanishing at an unprecedented rate. A team of divers, photographers, and scientists set out on a thrilling ocean adventure to discover why and to reveal the underwater mystery to the world.

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  • Directors: Nicole Newnham, Jim LeBrecht
    Producers: Sara Bolder, Jim LeBrecht, Nicole Newnham
    Premiere: 2020 Sundance Film Festival, Audience Award: U.S. Documentary

    Down the road from Woodstock in the early 1970s, a revolution blossomed in a ramshackle summer camp for disabled teenagers, transforming their young lives and igniting a landmark movement.

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  • Director: Kimberly Reed
    Producers: Kimberly Reed, Katy Chevigny
    Premiere: 2018 Sundance Film Festival

    Dark money contributions, made possible by the U.S. Supreme Court’s Citizens United ruling, flood modern American elections—but Montana is showing Washington, DC, how to solve the problem of unlimited anonymous money in politics.

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  • Director: Stephanie Soechtig
    Co-director: Jeremy Seifert
    Producers: Kristin Lazure, Stephanie Soechtig, Joshua Kunau, Carly Palmour
    Premiere: 2018 Sundance Film Festival

    Unraveling one of the biggest environmental scandals of our time, a group of citizens in West Virginia take on a powerful corporation after they discover it has knowingly been dumping a toxic chemical—now found in the blood of 99.7 percent of Americans—into the local drinking water supply.

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  • Director: Ekwa Msangi
    Producers: Huriyyah Muhammad, Sam Bisbee, Josh Penn
    Premiere: 2020 Sundance Film Festival

    Reunited after a 17 year separation, Walter, an Angolan immigrant, is joined in the U.S. by his wife and teenage daughter. Now absolute strangers sharing a one-bedroom apartment, they discover a shared love of dance that may help overcome the emotional distance between them.

  • Directors: Elyse Steinberg, Josh Kriegman, Eli Despres
    Producers: Elyse Steinberg, Josh Kriegman, Eli Despres, Maya Seidler, Peggy Drexler, Kerry Washington
    Premiere: 2020 Sundance Film Festival, U.S. Documentary Special Jury Award for Social Impact Filmmaking

    Inside the ACLU, a team of scrappy lawyers battle Trump’s historic assault on civil liberties.

  • Director: Peter Nicks
    Producers: Linda Davis, Lawrence Lerew, Peter Nicks
    Premiere: 2017 Sundance Film Festival, U.S. Documentary Directing Award, U.S. Documentary Special Jury Award for Social Impact Filmmaking

    This cinema vérité look at the long-troubled Oakland Police Department goes deep inside their struggles to confront federal demands for reform, a popular uprising following events in Ferguson, and an explosive scandal.

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  • Director: Radha Blank
    Producers: Lena Waithe, Radha Blank, Inuka Bacote-Capiga, Jennifer Semler, Rishi Rijani
    Premiere: 2020 Sundance Film Festival

    A down-on-her-luck New York playwright decides to reinvent herself and salvage her artistic voice the only way she knows how: by becoming a rapper at age 40.

  • Director: Jennifer Siebel Newsom
    Producers: Amanda Mortimer, Jennifer Siebel Newsom
    Premiere: 2019 San Francisco International Film Festival

    The Great American Lie examines how a U.S. value system built on the extreme masculine ideals of power, dominance, and control has glorified individualism, institutionalized inequality and under-mined the ability of most Americans to achieve the American Dream.

  • Director: Nanfu Wang
    Producer: Nanfu Wang
    Creative producer: Peter Lucas
    Premiere: 2016 Sundance Film Festival

    Traversing Southern China, a group of activists led by Ye Haiyan, a.k.a. Hooligan Sparrow, protest a scandalous incident in which a school principal and a government official allegedly raped six students. Sparrow becomes an enemy of the state, but detentions, interrogations, and evictions can’t stop her protest from going viral.

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  • Director: Peter Livolsi
    Producers: Tarik Karam, Danielle Renfrew Behrens
    Premiere: San Francisco Film Festival 2017

    When a sheltered teen raised inside a geodesic dome meets a rebellious kid with a heart transplant, the two form a punk band to escape an oppressive grandmother, an overprotective father, and the looming legacy of renowned futurist Buckminster Fuller.

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  • Director: Kirby Dick
    Producer: Amy Ziering
    Premiere: 2015 Sundance Film Festival

    From the makers of The Invisible War comes a startling exposé of rape crimes on U.S. campuses, their institutional cover-ups, and brutal social toll. Weaving together vérité footage and first-person testimonies, the film follows survivors as they pursue their education and justice—despite harsh retaliation, harassment, and pushback.

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  • Director: Fernando Frias de la Parra
    Producers: Gerry Kim, Alberto Muffelmann, Gerardo Gatica, Fernando Frias de la Parra
    Premiere: 2019 Morelia Film Festival

    Following the death of his older brother, a teenage Mexican boy is forced to migrate to New York City. When he arrives, he quickly realizes that the violence plaguing his home is no match for the feelings of alienation and loneliness he experiences in America.

  • Director: Ivy Meeropol
    Producers: Ivy Meeropol, Julie Goldman
    Premiere: 2015 Tribeca Film Festival

    The Indian Point nuclear power plant looms just 35 miles from Times Square. With over 50 million people living in close proximity to the aging facility, its continued operation has the support of the plant’s operators and the NRC, the Nuclear Regulatory Commission, yet has stoked a great deal of controversy in the surrounding community, including a vocal antinuclear contingent concerned that what happened at Japan’s Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant could happen here. In the brewing fight for clean energy and the catastrophic possibilities of government complacency, director Ivy Meeropol presents a balanced argument about the issues surrounding nuclear energy and offers a startling reality check for our uncertain nuclear future.

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  • Directors: Alex Rivera, Cristina Ibarra
    Producers: Alex Rivera, Cristina Ibarra, Darren Dean, Daniel J. Chalfen
    Premiere: 2019 Sundance Film Festival, NEXT Innovator Prize & Audience Award: NEXT

    A ragtag group of activist Dreamers deliberately get detained by border patrol in order to infiltrate a shadowy, for-profit detention center.

  • Director: Laura Nix
    Producers: Diane Becker, Melanie Miller, Laura Nix
    Premiere: 2018 Sundance Film Festival

    Meet six brilliant high school students as they prepare for the world’s largest high school science competition: the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF). Inspired by the issues and problems they’ve witnessed in their own communities, these teens propose big ideas and ingenious solutions to the world’s environmental challenges.

  • Director: Bernardo Britto
    Producers: Ben Cohen, Brett Potter
    Premiere: 2016 Sundance Film Festival

    A young French woman hires a man to document her self-imposed political asylum in Argentina after supposedly leaking highly confidential government secrets.

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  • Director: Ryan White
    Producer: Jessica Hargrave

    This docuseries examines the decades-old murder of Sister Catherine Cesnik and its suspected link to a priest accused of abuse.

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  • Director: Lauren Greenfield
    Producer: Frank Evers
    Premiere: 2019 Telluride Film Festival

    Centered on the indomitable character of Imelda Marcos, The Kingmaker examines, with intimate access, the Marcos family’s improbable return to power in the Philippines. The film explores the disturbing legacy of the Marcos regime and chronicles Imelda’s present-day push to help her son, Bongbong, win the vice presidency.

  • Director: Nia DaCosta
    Producers: Rachael Fung, Tim Headington, Gabrielle Nadig
    Premiere: 2018 Tribeca Film Festival

    For years, Ollie has illicitly helped the struggling fellow residents of her North Dakota oil boomtown access Canadian health care and meds. When the authorities catch on, she plans to abandon her crusade, only to be dragged in even deeper after a desperate plea for help from her sister, Deb.

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  • Director: Jonas Carpignano
    Producers: Jason Michael Berman, Chris Columbus, Eleanor Columbus, Ryan Lough
    Premiere: 2015 Cannes Film Festival

    Ayiva recently left his home in Burkina Faso in search of a way to provide for his sister and his daughter. He takes advantage of his position in an illegal smuggling operation to get himself and his best friend, Abas, off the continent. Ayiva adapts to life in Italy, but when tensions with the local community rise, things become increasingly dangerous. Determined to make his new situation work, he attempts to weather the storm, but it has its costs.

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  • Director: Irene Taylor Brodsky
    Producers: Irene Taylor Brodsky, Tahria Sheather
    Premiere: 2019 Sundance Film Festival

    A deeply personal portrait of three lives and the discoveries that lie beyond loss—a deaf boy growing up, his deaf grandfather growing old, and Beethoven the year he was blindsided by deafness and wrote his iconic sonata.

  • Director: Laure de Clermont-Tonnerre
    Producer: Alain Goldman
    Premiere: 2019 Sundance Film Festival

    While participating in a rehabilitation program training wild mustangs, a convict struggles to connect with the horses and his fellow inmates, but he learns to confront his violent past as he soothes an especially feisty horse.

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  • Director: Kim A. Snyder
    Producers: Maria Cuomo Cole, Kim A. Snyder
    Premiere: 2016 Sundance Film Festival

    After joining the ranks of a growing club no one wants to belong to, the people of Newtown, Connecticut, weave an intimate story of resilience. This film traces the aftermath of the worst mass shooting of schoolchildren in American history as the traumatized community finds a new sense of purpose.

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  • Director: Jordana Spiro
    Producers: Jonathan Montepare, Alvaro R. Valente, Danielle Renfrew Behrens
    Premiere: 2018 Sundance Film Festival, NEXT Innovator Award

    Angel LaMere is released from juvenile detention on the eve of her 18th birthday. Haunted by her past, she embarks on a journey with her 10-year-old sister that could destroy their future.

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  • Director: Geremy Jasper
    Producers: Chris Columbus, Michael Gottwald, Dan Janvey, Noah Stahl, Daniela Taplin Lundberg, Rodrigo Teixeira
    Premiere: 2017 Sundance Film Festival

    Straight out of Jersey comes Patricia Dombrowski, a.k.a. Killa P, a.k.a. Patti Cake$, an aspiring rapper fighting through a world of strip malls and strip clubs on an unlikely quest for glory.

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  • Director: Anthony Onah
    Producers: Justin Begnaud, Anthony Onah, Kishori Rajan
    Premiere: 2017 SXSW Film Festival

    Seyi, a 24-year-old Nigerian American, works on Wall Street. Desperate to succeed because of his outsider status—due to class and race—he commits a crime, insider trading, which brings his entire world crashing down on him. Seyi’s troubled circumstances force him finally to confront his tumultuous relationship with his ailing father, his romantic relationship with his privileged white girlfriend, and his racial and immigrant backgrounds—with nothing less at stake for him than his soul.

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  • Directors: Andrew Droz Palermo, Tracy Droz Tragos
    Producers: Andrew Droz Palermo, Tracy Droz Tragos
    Premiere: 2014 Sundance Film Festival, U.S. Documentary Grand Jury Prize

    In a rural American town, kids face heartbreaking choices, find comfort in the most fragile of family bonds, and dream of a future of possibility.

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  • Director: Tayarisha Poe
    Producers: Lauren McBride, Drew Houpt, Lucas Joaquin, Tayarisha Poe, Jill Ahrens
    Premiere: 2019 Sundance Film Festival

    Five factions run the underground life of the prestigious Haldwell boarding school. At the head of the most powerful faction—the Spades—sits Selah Summers. By turns charming and callous, she chooses whom to keep close and whom to cut loose, walking the fine line between being feared and loved.

  • Director: Johan Grimonprez
    Producers: Joslyn Barnes, Anadil Hossain
    Premiere: 2016 Tribeca Film Festival

    Shadow World reveals the shocking realities of the global arms tradethe only business that counts its profits in billions and its losses in human lives. Based, in part, on Corruption Watch UK founder Andrew Feinstein’s globally acclaimed book The Shadow World: Inside the Global Arms Trade, the film reveals how the international trade in weaponswith the complicity of governments and intelligence agencies; investigative and prosecutorial bodies; and weapons manufacturers, dealers and agentsfosters corruption, determines economic and foreign policies, undermines democracy, and creates widespread suffering.

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  • Director: Kristi Jacobson
    Producers: Julie Goldman, Kristi Jacobson, Katie Mitchell
    Premiere: 2016 Tribeca Film Festival

    Step inside a supermax prison in this unflinching exploration of life inside one of America’s most notorious prisons, where inmates live in eight-by-ten-foot cells, 23 hours per day for months, years, and sometimes decades. Featuring unprecedented access to Virginia’s Red Onion State Prison, the film presents intimate interviews with inmates while capturing the daily life there.

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  • Director: Boots Riley
    Producers: Nina Yang Bongiovi, Forest Whitaker, Charles King, George Rush, Jonathan Duffy, Kelly Williams
    Premiere: 2018 Sundance Film Festival

    In an alternate present-day version of Oakland, black telemarketer Cassius Green discovers a magical key to professional success—which propels him into a macabre universe.

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  • Director: Amber Fares
    Producers: Jessica Devaney, Amber Fares, Avi Goldstein
    Premiere: 2015 Hot Docs

    The Speed Sisters is the first all-women race-car-driving team in the Middle East. Grabbing headlines and turning heads at improvised tracks across the West Bank, these five women have sped their way into the heart of the gritty, male-dominated Palestinian street car-racing scene. Weaving together their lives on and off the track, Speed Sisters takes you on a surprising journey into the drive to go further and faster than anyone thought you could.

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  • Director: Yance Ford
    Producers: Joslyn Barnes, Yance Ford
    Premiere: 2017 Sundance Film Festival, U.S. Documentary Special Jury Award for Storytelling

    Examining the violent death of the filmmaker’s brother and the judicial system that allowed his killer to go free, this documentary interrogates murderous fear and racialized perception, and reimagines the wreckage in catastrophe’s wake, challenging us to change.

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  • Director: Carlo Mirabella-Davis
    Producers: Mollye Asher, Mynette Louie, Carole Baraton, Fred Fiore
    Premiere: 2019 Tribeca Film Festival

    When a young, newly pregnant housewife develops the compulsion to consume inedible objects, she must elude her husband’s controlling family to uncover the cause of her obsession.

  • Director: Benjamin Lear
    Producers: Sasha Alpert, Gabriel Cowan, Benjamin Lear
    Premiere: 2016 LA Film Festival

    They Call Us Monsters takes us behind the walls of the Compound, where Los Angeles houses its most violent juvenile offenders. To their advocates, they’re kids. To the system, they’re adults. To their victims, they’re monsters. This film asks us to decide for ourselves.

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  • Director: Alexandra Shiva
    Producers: Lindsey Megrue, Alexandra Shiva
    Premiere: 2018 Sundance Film Festival, World Cinema Documentary Audience Award

    This is an intimate portrait of four Syrian families arriving in Baltimore, Maryland, and struggling to find their footing. With eight months to become self-sufficient, they must forge ahead to rebuild their lives. When the travel ban adds further complications, their strength and resilience are put to the test.

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  • Director: Ramona S. Diaz
    Producers: Ramona S. Diaz, Leah Marino, Julie Goldman, Chris Clements, Carolyn Hepburn
    Premiere: 2020 Sundance Film Festival

    Nowhere is the worldwide erosion of democracy, fueled by social media disinformation campaigns, more starkly evident than in the authoritarian regime of Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte. Journalist Maria Ressa places the tools of the free press—and her freedom—on the line in defense of truth and democracy.

  • Directors: Sam Green, Joe Bini
    Producers: Janet Cowperthwaite, Sam Green
    Premiere: 2018 Sundance Film Festival

    A live-cinema portrait of the legendary classical music group the Kronos Quartet. Co-director Sam Green narrates the film, and Kronos performs the soundtrack live. A meditation on music itself—the act of listening closely to music, the experience of feeling music deeply, and the power of music to change the world.

  • Director: Shawn Snyder
    Producers: Josh Crook, Scott Floyd Lochmus, Emily Mortimer, Alessandro Nivola, Ron Perlman
    Premiere: 2018 Tribeca Film Festival

    Shmuel, a Hasidic cantor distraught by his wife’s untimely death, struggles to find religious solace while secretly obsessing over how her body will decay. As a clandestine partnership develops with Albert, a community-college biology professor, the two embark on an increasingly literal undertaking into the underworld.

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  • Directors: Michael Dweck, Gregory Kershaw
    Producers: Michael Dweck, Gregory Kershaw
    Premiere: 2020 Sundance Film Festival

    In the secret forests of Northern Italy, a dwindling group of joyful old men and their faithful dogs search for the world’s most expensive ingredient, the white Alba truffle. Their stories form a real-life fairy tale that celebrates human passion in a fragile land that seems forgotten in time.

  • Director: Jennifer Brea
    Producers: Jennifer Brea, Lindsey Dryden, Patricia E. Gillespie, Alysa Nahmias
    Premiere: 2017 Sundance Film Festival, U.S. Documentary Special Jury Award for Editing

    When Harvard PhD student Jennifer Brea is struck down at 28 years old by a fever that leaves her bedridden, doctors tell her it’s “all in her head.” Determined to live, she sets out on a virtual journey to document her story—and four other families’ stories—fighting a disease medicine forgot.

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  • Director: Kim A. Snyder
    Producers: Kim A. Snyder, Maria Cuomo Cole, Lori Cheatle
    Premiere: 2020 Sundance Film Festival

    Determined to turn unfathomable tragedy into action, the teenage survivors of Parkland, Florida catalyze a powerful, unprecedented youth movement that spreads with lightning speed across the country, as a generation of mobilized youth take back democracy in this powerful coming-of-age story.

  • Director: Matt Tyrnauer
    Producers: Matt Tyrnauer, Corey Reeser, Marie Brenner, Joyce Deep
    Premiere: 2019 Sundance Film Festival

    Roy Cohn personified the dark arts of American politics, turning empty vessels into dangerous demagogues—from Joseph McCarthy to his final project, Donald J. Trump. This thriller-like exposé connects the dots, revealing how a deeply troubled master manipulator shaped our current American nightmare.

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  • Director: Robert Eggers
    Producers: Daniel Bekerman, Lars Knudsen, Jodi Redmond, Rodrigo Teixeira, Jay Van Hoy
    Premiere: 2015 Sundance Film Festival, U.S. Dramatic Directing Award

    In New England in the 1630s, William and Katherine lead a devout Christian life with five children, homesteading on the edge of an impassable wilderness. When their newborn son vanishes and crops fail, the family turns on one another. Beyond their worst fears, a supernatural evil lurks in the nearby wood.

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  • Director: Alistair Banks Griffin
    Producers: Brian Kavanaugh-Jones, Bailey Conway Anglewicz, Bradley Pilz
    Premiere: 2019 Sundance Film Festival

    Once a known counterculture figure, June E. Leigh now lives in self-imposed exile in her South Bronx apartment during the incendiary 1977 Summer of Sam. When an unseen tormentor begins exploiting June’s weaknesses, her insular universe begins to unravel.

  • Director: Morgan Neville
    Producers: Caryn Capotosto, Nicholas Ma
    Premiere: 2018 Sundance Film Festival

    Fred Rogers used puppets and play to explore complex social issuesrace, disability, equality, and tragedyhelping form the American concept of childhood. He spoke directly to children and they responded enthusiastically. Yet, today, his impact is unclear. Have we lived up to Fred’s ideal of good neighbors?

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  • Director: Tim Travers Hawkins
    Producer: Julia Nottingham
    Premiere: 2019 Tribeca Film Festival

    Chelsea Manning—trans woman, former intelligence analyst, and prisoner—is appealing her 35-year sentence for leaking U.S. military and diplomatic documents. However, after she attempts suicide, her legal team, friends, and family realize this is a fight not just for her freedom but for her existence.

  • Director: Marc Silver
    Producers: Carolyn Hepburn, Minette Nelson
    Premiere: 2015 Sundance Film Festival, U.S. Documentary Special Jury Award for Social Impact

    On November 23, 2012, unarmed 17-year-old Jordan Russell Davis was shot at a Jacksonville gas station by Michael David Dunn. 3½ Minutes, Ten Bullets explores the aftermath of Jordan's tragic death, the latent and often unseen effects of racism, and the contradictions of the American criminal justice system.

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